Significant Dates in Indigenous History

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Calendar of Events

As part of our own ongoing project, we’re going to continue to add to this list of Significant Dates in Indigenous history. Uncovering the Great Australian Silence will take generations. As the saying goes, a journey of a thousands miles begins with the first step.

January

February

  • Freedom Rides (12 February 1965)
  • Anniversary of the Apology (13 February 2008)

March

April

May

  • Pilbara Aboriginal Stockmen’s Strike, Western Australia (1 May 1946)
  • National Sorry Day (26 May)
  • Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum (27th May 1967)
  • Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June, 1996)
  • Reconciliation Walk Across the Bridge (28 May 2000)
  • Torres Strait Islander flag launched (29 May 1992)

June

  • Mabo Day (3rd June 1993)
  • Myall Massacre (10th June 1838)
  • Barunga Statement (11 June 1988)

July

  • Zulai Wan / Coming of the Light (1 July 1871)
  • Evonny Goolagong Cawley wins Wimbeldon (2 July 1971)
  • Black History Month (1 – 31 July)
  • NAIDOC Week (2 Week in July)
  • Aboriginal Flag first flown (12 July 1971)

August

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (4 August)
  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August)
  • Bark Petition from Yirrkala to Parliament (14 August 1963)
  • Return of land to Gurindji, Northern Territory (16 August 1975)
  • Gurindji Walk Off, Wave Hill Station, Northern Territory (24 August, 1966)

September

  • Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation established (2 September 1991)
  • Indigenous Literacy Day (3 September)
  • Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (13 September 2007)
  • Catherine Freeman wins Olympic Gold Medal (25 September 2000)
  • David Unaipon’s Birthday (28 September 1872)

October

  • Indigenous Business Month (1- 31 October)
  • Uluru returned to traditional owners (26 October 1985)
  • Battle of Pinjarra, Western Australia (28 October 1834)

November

December

 

It's all our responsibility to uncover the silence about Australian history. Knowing the significant dates in Indigenous history is important for all Australians.